Jon Voight says he would 'love' to be cast in an Angelina Jolie film: 'She would be tough'
On a sunny afternoon this month in Los Angeles Jon Voight was feeling groovy. Tap dancing alongside Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz, he sang, "Wild thing, you make my heart sing …"
True story: Voight's brother, Chip Taylor, wrote the hit "Wild Thing." And like the song's title, this Academy Award-winner is a bit of a loose cannon, especially in this town.
"I'm an interesting person, to myself," he said. "I'm interesting, very interesting guy. I know where I stand, and I have to say my piece, if I'm going to say it."
Over seven decades, Voight has been memorable and mesmerizing. He's played cowboys, convicts, champs, and chumps. And at 82, he's set to return as Liev Schreiber's conniving gangster father in Showtime's "Ray Donovan."
No matter the character, the motivation is the same: "You're trying to get to that truth of it, you know, that essence that illuminates this moment or story," Voight said. "It's a wonderful thing. It's a spiritual thing."
A devout Catholic, Voight was born in 1938, 20 miles outside Manhattan – and a million miles from Hollywood. "I'm from Yonkers, New York. And I liked it. You can't have airs when you're from Yonkers, you know?"....
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